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Thieves In The Temple?


    According to a joint statement from DraftKings and FanDuel: “Nothing is more important” than the “integrity of the games we offer.”
    Right, right.
    N.Y. Times

October 6, 2015   No Comments

Signs Of The Times

Red Sox fans celebrated in the streets Wednesday night after Boston wrapped up the World Series with a 6-1 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. David Ortiz (was there any doubt?) was named MVP after a sizzling hitting exhibition.

October 31, 2013   No Comments

The Powers That Be

    Where’s Arte Moreno? Magic Johnson?
    The usual suspects such as Roger Goodell, David Stern and Bud Selig are among a list of the 50 most powerful people (only 3 women) in sports. But Ed O’Bannon? That’s right. The former UCLA star could change the landscape of college sports with his suit against the NCAA.

March 6, 2013   No Comments

Angel Dust

    Like the Spurs, we believe the Angels might be good to go this season. At least we hope so as far as our boys Mahi and Bob Young are concerned.
    Early favorites to win the World Series: Angels and Dodgers (6-1); Nationals and Tigers (7-1); Giants and Blue Jays (9-1); Reds, Yankees and Braves (12-1); Phillies (16-1); Cardinals (18-1); A’s and Rays (20-1); Red Sox (30-1); and just for the record, the punk-ass Cubs (70-1).

February 22, 2013   No Comments

Politically Speaking

    Giants’ reliever Sergio Romo got major props today for his “I Just Look Illegal” T-Shirt at the club’s World Series celebration in San Francisco. I hope Romo, who hails from Brawley, Calif., and whose grandparents were Mexican immigrants, or whoever got him to don the shirt has more in stock because it will surely turn into a hot seller. Hell, I want one.

October 31, 2012   No Comments

Blame The Padres

    Forget everything we said about the Giants.
    This reminds us of the Red Sox climbing off the deck and rallying from a 3-0 deficit to punk the Yankees in the ALCS and then sweeping the Cardinals for the 2004 World Series title.
    But did you know the Padres have played a huge role in the winners of the last 3 World Series? They dumped Bruce Bochy in 2006 and all he’s done is guide the Giants to World Series championships in 2 of the past 3 seasons.
    The Padres also figured prominently in last season’s champ, the Cardinals. They dealt David Freese for Jim Edmonds a few years ago and the rest, as they like to say, is history.
    But this is the Giants time. Despite being a game away from elimination against the Reds and Cards, they reeled off 7 in a row to win it all.

October 28, 2012   No Comments

Bruce Almighty

The Padres fired Bruce Bochy in 2006 after he led them to the playoffs and lost to the eventual champ, the Cardinals. The Giants couldn’t believe their good fortune (or the Padres’ misguided decision), scooping up Bochy to be their skipper. It’s been a magical ride since the comical Bochy arrived in the Bay Area. In 2 of the past 3 seasons, the Giants have advanced to the World Series, winning the 2010 title by beating the Rangers. They are standing on the verge again.
S.F. Chronicle

October 24, 2012   No Comments

Money Well Spent

      The Tigers didn’t nab Prince Fielder until late in the off-season when Victor Martinez went down with an injury. That left the Dodgers, among others, crying in their beers. Fielder’s addition pushed Detroit to the top of the America League and resulted in it advancing to the World Series. He’s fit in well with the Tigers and he probably will determine the outcome of the Series.
      And for the record, we’re picking Fielder and the Tigers in 5. Too many weapons.
      Fox Sports

October 23, 2012   No Comments

Odds To Win World Series

    Is that you Albert?
    In case you were wondering, your updated picks: Yankees (4-1); Nats and Reds (5-1); Tigers (5.5-1); A’s (6.5-1); Tigers (6-1); Giants (6.85 to 1); O’s and Cardinals (9 to 1).
    We’re leaning towards the Reds. But never count out our boys (Cards). Right Albert?
    Bankroll Sports

October 7, 2012   No Comments

Favorite Sons

    By Forrest Lee
    Jay Rood instantly recalls the huge odds the Cardinals faced this time last year to win the World Series.
    “Nine-hundred and 99 to one,” he said.
    We know how that stunning story ended. One bettor, who wagered money on them at one of Rood’s sports books in Vegas, scored a cool $750,000, betting the Cardinals to not only win the National League pennant, but the World Series, too.
    “They were closer to being out of the playoffs than in,” said Rood, vice president of race and sports for MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas, where he oversees its 10 sports books, of the unfathomable run. “But kudos to the guy. That’s a great call. That’s hitting the lottery. He wasn’t the only one, but he had the biggest ticket for sure.”
    Like last season, the Cardinals again are clinging to slim hopes of punching a ticket to the playoffs. But Vegas isn’t giving them 999-1 odds. Rood said he knows better than to count them out again. Entering the week, St. Louis was a 25-1 bet to claim the World Series.
    “I wouldn’t mind keeping them out of the postseason,” Rood said. “But they’ve got such a rich history and they seem to find a way to get (to the playoffs). Anything is possible. They could march in one more time. I wouldn’t put it past them.”
    The odds aren’t as long for several other Major League Baseball clubs. A glimpse of the top five favorites entering the week to win it all in October with some commentary from Rood.
    1. Yankees and Rangers (4-1): The Yankees are frequently favored because of their potent lineup and their ability to pay top dollar for high-profile talent. Quality pitching, though, remains a drawback. The Yankees opened the season as 4-1 favorites and remain such despite the Rays and O’s breathing down their necks. They are 2-1 favorites, along with the Rangers, to win the American League championship. Sound familiar?
    “The Yankees always get through the regular season until (running into trouble in) the postseason when the Rangers of the world come along,” Rood said.
    The Rangers, meanwhile, navigated a recent rough stretch and continued to keep the A’s (18-1 to win the WS) and the Angels at bay. Still, they must overcome their sometimes shaky starting pitching to keep them on top and possibly earn a World Series title that has eluded them the past two World Series.
    2. Dodgers and Nationals (6-1): These odds were posted days before the Dodgers completed their blockbuster trade Saturday for Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford. But Rood said Friday, when the deal was a strong possibility of occurring, that it wouldn’t impact the odds much. Vegas’ proximity to L.A., among other issues, always plays a factor.
    “The ownership change and the direction they’re headed, and the proximity, makes them wildly popular,” Rood said. “Six to one is kind of short for them, but we try to protect ourselves.”
    The Nats, who opened the season at 60-1, are another appealing choice despite threatening to shut down ace Stephen Strasburg: “They’ve been a popular pick lately, especially with the excitement of (Bryce) Harper and Strasburg,” Rood said. “They jumped out the gate quick this year and have maintained the lead (in the NL East). We limited our liability with them because anything can happen. Plus, they’ve played great baseball.
    “But this will be their first trip to the postseason since they were Montreal or whatever they were. It’s tough to win it all when you’re a first-time club.”
    3. Reds, Giants and White Sox (8-1): All three clubs lead their respective divisions—the Reds hold the biggest advantage—but Rood likes a dark horse in the NL West instead of the Giants, who are coming off a three-game sweep of the second-place Dodgers.
    “I still think Arizona has a pretty quality club,” he said. “If San Francisco cools off, Arizona could get in and win the division. I don’t know if they’re considered a real dark horse, but they haven’t been on top of the standings yet. They could be a good value play.”
    4. Angels and Rays (10-1): Despite often being at least eight games back of the Rangers, the Angels are starting to show a pulse. “They haven’t been playing as well as everyone thought,” Rood said. “But that Mike Trout kid is making them fun to watch.”
    So are the Rays, who took four in a row from the Angels last weekend and performing as one of baseball’s hottest teams lately.
    “I think Tampa Bay is going to make some noise before the end of the season,” Rood said. “They’re playing like the Cardinals last year. They’re making a huge run.”
    5. Braves (12-1): They had played as well as any club in the second half until suffering through a recent tailspin. But they remain within striking distance of the Nats for the division crown and a strong contender for a wild-card berth.
    That is unless they tank again and allow the Cardinals another life.
    Editors Note: All odds used were as of 8-21-12

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August 29, 2012   No Comments